While the Guardians of the Galaxy are set to confront a new antagonist in Vol. 3, marketing for the anticipated threequel proves that the Titan may be gone but not forgotten.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Trailer Name-drops Thanos
When Peter Quill notes how black her eyes are, Nebula explains that "they were replaced by my father as a method of torture."
In the past, Nebula has talked about Thanos replacing pieces of her with cybernetics as punishment for losing a fight.
Audiences also saw a glimpse of his tortuous treatment of her on-screen in Avengers: Infinity War.
Are Thanos References Inevitable?
Therefore, it's safe to say that Nebula's tale about how she got her eyes won't be the threequel's only Thanos reference.
In fact, the new trailer also includes a Star-Lord voiceover where he notes that Gamora died and came back.
But even though he didn't refer to Thanos by name, Gamora's death and how she returned are both due to Thanos.
It will be interesting to see how the Guardians' past and present collide when Vol. 3 arrives in theaters in May.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 debuts on Friday, May 5.